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B.I.G. Competition Open to Ideas

L-R: Nancy Micks, Director of the Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce; John Weible, Business Development Coordinator, North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission, and Sally Moran, Penn State DuBois Technology Transfer Coordinator.
8/10/2009 —

The B. I. G.* Competition is up and running, and organizers say it has created quite a buzz.

"We have heard great things about the website.  The design really fits with our region and the site itself is user friendly," says John Weible, Business Development Coordinator, North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission.  "You can go to the site and complete the application process in a short time.”

The B. I. G.* (*Business Ideas Gone wild) Competition is open to individuals, teams or small businesses in Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean or Potter counties.  “We want people with unique and innovative ideas to be recognized and, if they are a prize winner, to receive the help they need to take the idea to the next level on the way to developing a business.  The prizes include not only cash but also market research support through the Ben Franklin Transformation Group, brand identity through Vision Creative Group, engineering services through the Penn State DuBois Innovation Lab and much more.  The winners will be well on their way to making their ideas ‘reality’.” indicates Weible.

Co-sponsors of the Competition, the Office for Technology Transfer at Penn State DuBois and the Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce representatives see the Competition as a way to provide support needed by local entrepreneurs to be successful in the marketplace.

Sally Moran, Technology Transfer Coordinator at Penn State DuBois, comments, “It’s a great way to begin to showcase the innovative thinking in the area, create a culture of entrepreneurship and advance the ideas to the point that they become actual area businesses.”  Nancy Micks, President/CEO of the Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce,  sees it as “… a great way to bolster the economic development of the area through the nurturance of local ingenuity and creativity.”

The B.I.G.* Competition entry period began August 1; closing date for the receipt of all entries is midnight, Monday, September 14.  Application instructions and dates are on the website www.thebigcompetition.ncentral.com.  All application materials must be submitted electronically.  Individuals or teams wanting assistance with the submission forms should contact Weible at jweible@ncentral.com or 814-371-1506 or Moran at sallymoran@psu.edu or 814-375-4803.

Weible, Moran and Micks are enthusiastic about the Competition and plan to have it become a yearly event to showcase the innovation of the region.

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